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Can aliphatic anchoring groups be utilised with dyes for p-type dye sensitized solar cells?

Lookup NU author(s): Chris Wood, Professor Elizabeth GibsonORCiD



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A series of novel laterally anchoring tetrahydroquinoline derivatives have been synthesized and investigated for their use in NiO-based p-type dye-sensitized solar cells. The kinetics of charge injection and recombination at the NiO-dye interface for these dyes have been thoroughly investigated using pico-second transient absorption and time-resolved infrared measurements. It was revealed that despite the anchoring unit being electronically decoupled from the dye structure, charge injection occurred on a sub pico-second timescale. However, rapid recombination was also observed due to the close proximity of the electron acceptor on the dyes to the NiO surface, ultimately limiting the performance of the p-DSCs.

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Author(s): Hao H, Wood CJ, Clark CA, Calladine J, Horvath R, Hanson-Heine M, Sun XZ, Clark IP, Towrie M, George MW, Yang X, Sun L, Gibson EA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Dalton Transactions

Year: 2016

Volume: 45

Issue: 18

Pages: 7708-7719

Print publication date: 14/05/2016

Online publication date: 29/03/2016

Acceptance date: 29/03/2016

Date deposited: 08/04/2016

ISSN (print): 1477-9226

ISSN (electronic): 1477-9234

Publisher: Royal Society of Chemistry


DOI: 10.1039/C6DT00146G


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